my turn now
by Richard Lubowa
On Friday 2nd May the Connexions and Black
CARD Youth Conference – “It’s my turn now”
took place at SADACCA.
Beginning at 10am, Black CARD representative Mr
Seaton Gosling welcomed and introduced us to the Youth Forum. We
were then entertained by Irish dancing before being introduced to
the many workshops. This consisted of Sheila Daley from the Sickle
Cell and Thalassaemia Group, SACMHA, Northern Refugee Centre, SADACCA
Recording Studio, Firvale Community Mentoring, Health Issues and
Youth Offending Team.
At 11.15am Firvale School Headmaster Mr Hugh Howe
addressed all those present on issues concerning youth development,
Connexions and their links to local schools. Further entertainment
was provided by Brook & Co – a local Rap group, before
a chat show hosted by Emelia Kenlock. Before a break for lunch there
was a political debate concerning issues that affect a generation
of today’s youth.
Lunch was provided by SADACCA’s cafeteria
staff and consisted of a large array of food, fish, chicken and
rice, curried lamb, goat, salad, bread, cake, fresh fruit and drink.
After lunch at 1.15pm, we went back for the Youth
Forum. Mr Asher then took the stage and asked searching questions
concerning the lack of parental control and received many comments
and answers from those in the audience.
This was followed by break dancing and the appearance
of Metal Man, who moved robotically to the musical sounds of Michael
Jackson. This was overall a very entertaining day that ended with
a fashion show and a thank you to Trevor Carter, and the other organisers
of this Youth Conference.